Mindful India for birth professionals

March 15 – 27, 2020

What can mindfulness do for you? 

Being a health professional – especially a birth professional – is stressful. 

You probably already know how much stress you and your colleagues are under.  You are often tasked with heavy responsibilities without enough say in how things are run at your institution.  You’re subject to frequent interruptions and distractions in working conditions that are less than ideal.  As a birth professional – a midwife, nurse, doula, or childbirth educator – you’re fiercely committed to “being with” women as they go through pregnancy and labor, some of the most profound experiences of their lives.  But it’s so hard to do this under such adverse conditions.  This can leave you feeling helpless, frustrated, and burned out.      

There is a solution.

One approach to preventing burnout and enhancing resilience is mindfulness.  When you’re mindful, you approach situations with greater flexibility and curiosity.  You stay calmer when things get tough, and regain your equanimity quickly even under intense stress.  You’re more compassionate. You’re a better listener. 

Want to learn skills that can empower you and the women you work with?

If your answer is “yes”, here’s the good news:  You can.  Quickly and easily.

And on this Mindful India for Birth Professionals Trip, you will.  

Here’s what you will learn on this trip:

You will learn and experiment with a variety of mindfulness practices.

You’ll understand the rationale and benefits underlying these practices.   

You’ll leave the trip with tips and suggestions for developing your own personal practice. 

You’ll come away with skills and techniques to enhance your wellbeing and resilience at home and on the job.   
And you’ll learn how to integrate this approach in your work with your clients, even if they have no background in mindfulness.  You’ll learn Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) techniques to help the woman in labor work effectively with fear and pain. This can be very beneficial for the course of labor and can enhance her satisfaction with her experience, however her labor unfolds. 

About us: 

Rachelle Oseran is a childbirth educator, doula and mindful birthing and parenting instructor.  Dr. Dina Wyshogrod is a clinical psychologist and mindfulness expert.

After 10 years of leading immensely successful Mindful India trips, we are now delighted to lead this unique trip designed especially for Birth Professionals and their partners and friends.

Join us for the trip of a lifetime:

The power of mindfulness for you and your clients


the chance to be indulged and pampered amidst the splendor of India.

All this awaits you on



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Enhancing the resilience of nurses and midwives: Pilot of a mindfulness-based program for increased health, sense of coherence and decreased depression, anxiety and stress.  Maralyn Foureur et al. Contemporary Nurse (2013) 45(1):114-125.


Sunday 15th March - Flights to Mumbai. 

Monday 16th March - Land Mumbai – transfer to Kochi where we will check in to our hotel, get oriented and begin to get to know one another as we begin our adventure. Kochi, a picturesque seaside city often referred to as the gateway to Kerala, has attracted merchants and explorers to its shores for over 600 years. It is a fascinating collage of Portuguese, Dutch, British, Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures which have left indelible marks on the city.

Overnight: Kochi

Tuesday 17th March - Today we’ll visit Birth Village, a free-standing birthing center set up 10 years ago by certified midwives Priyanka Idicula and Red Millar. They provide water births, Lamaze childbirth education classes and prenatal workouts. They have a 97.9% natural birth rate, with 8-12 births a month. Birth Village provides a comfortable space for men to be active at the birth and children are welcomed. The professional staff also supports abused teenage girls and cares for them until their babies are adopted. We will meet with Priyanka who, together with her colleague, Vijaya Krishnan (whom we will meet on Sunday 22nd March)
were recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the October 2018 Midwifery Today conference.

The rest of the day will be spent touring. We will enjoy a walking tour of the city, exploring the romantic, ancient alleyways, the famous and picturesque Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church, and Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Raja of Kochi.  We will also visit the exquisite 450-year-old Paradiso Synagogue, which contains an ornate gold pulpit, intricate, hand-painted floor tiles from Canton, China, and magnificent chandeliers from Belgium.

Overnight: Kochi

Wednesday 18th March - Today will be a full-day workshop on mindfulness, geared particularly to birth professionals. 

In the evening, we’ll take in a Kathakali performance (included) at the Kerala Kathakali Centre.  Watch the ancient Hindu epics - the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas - come to life through the magic of a Kathakali performance. In this dramatized presentation, face paint, fantastic costumes, and ornamental headpieces transform the actors both physically and mentally into gods, heroes and demons confronting the eternal themes of righteousness and evil, frailty and courage, poverty and prosperity, war and peace.  

Overnight: Kochi

Thursday 19th March - After breakfast, drive from Kochi to our Houseboats for an experience for all the senses.

These houseboats, modified former rice boats, wind their way along narrow, shady canals through isolated villages, traveling through some of the 900 km. network of waterways that are an integral element in maintaining an ecological balance and creating harmony with nature. 

Drifting through quiet canals lined with coconut palms, feasting on delicious vegetarian Keralan food prepared by on-board chefs, absorbing the beauty of Kerala villages as we float by them, and falling asleep to the gentle rocking of the water— the houseboat experience is a highlight of a trip to southern India. 

Overnight: Houseboat.

Friday 20th March - After breakfast, we will transfer from our houseboats to an Ayurveda seaside resort on the beautiful Arabian Sea on India’s western coast.

Ayurveda, Sanskrit for “the science of life”, is a way of
living, teaching that health is not just a physical phenomenon but a mental, physical and social one as well. Each individual is treated as a whole rather than just targeting an affected part of the body, and emphasis is placed on prevention as well as cure through balancing the three humors, doshas, of the human body: vata, pitta and kapha.

Although Ayurvedic spas can be found all over India, the most famous ones are in Kerala because of its natural abundance of forests with a wealth of herbs and medicinal plants. In fact, our resort grows a variety of fruit and vegetables in its own 4-acre organic garden, and we will enjoy them in our delicious meals.     

During our stay, each participant will meet with an Ayurvedic doctor for a personal diagnosis, finding out what foods to eat according to her/his personal diagnosis for optimal health, and will receive a relaxing, traditional Kerala herbal massage (both included). You can relax on the beach with its glistening golden sand and swaying palm trees, or refresh yourself by soaking in the large salt-water swimming pool.

Overnight: Beach Resort.

Saturday 21st March
- Take an early morning walk to the fish-landing harbor to watch the fresh catch being brought in from the sea.

Morning - Mindfulness workshop. 

In the afternoon, you can again choose how to spend your free time:  lounge by the pool or the beach or take a stroll with one of the resort’s naturalists for an introduction to the Malabar coast’s unique ecosystem and myriad charms. 

Overnight: Beach Resort.

Sunday 22nd March - After breakfast, transfer from the Beach Resort to Kochi airport (2-hour drive) and fly to Hyderabad.

Visit Healthy Mother Birth Center and meet with certified midwife Dr. Vijaya Krishnan, its founder.  Healthy Mother Birth Center is run by independent midwives who are experts in natural birth and women’s health, providing personalized support to thousands of women in preconception, pregnancy, natural childbirth, lactation, postpartum and general women’s health.
Healthy Mother Birth Center pioneered the practice of collaborative care, in which mothers and babies receive the best of evidence-based midwifery care, backed by obstetric care where medically appropriate.

Healthy Mother Birth Center operates The Sanctum, India’s most sought-after natural birth center.  Run by expert midwives practicing normal birth, it is equipped with an in-house 24x7 emergency care facility including an operating theater, NICU, etc., with highly skilled Ob/Gyns and pediatricians on staff. The Center runs Lamaze classes and Lamaze childbirth educator training courses, prenatal yoga, prenatal massage, infant massage, postnatal exercise and a physiotherapy clinic.

Overnight: Hyderabad 

Monday 23rd March - Full day mindfulness workshop for birth professionals. We will review the basics of meditation and mindfulness, suitable for those with some mindfulness background and for those local birth professionals joining us for the first time. We will then cover mindfulness approaches for birth. You will learn how mindfulness can be an extremely helpful tool in labor, and how to help your client use these approaches during labor and birth, even if she has no previous experience with mindfulness.

Overnight: Hyderabad

Tuesday 24th March - After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi.  From Delhi we will drive to Agra.  The time we spend traveling together will allow us to share impressions of our visits to the two birth centers and to delve more deeply into integrating mindfulness creatively into our daily lives. 

Overnight: Agra

Wednesday 25th March - Experience the magic of sunrise at the Taj Mahal, deservedly one of the architectural wonders of the world.  

The Taj Mahal was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died giving birth to her 14th child. Construction began in 1632 CE and was completed in 1648 CE. To create the Taj, the most skilled architects, inlay craftsmen, calligraphers, stone-carvers and masons were called from all across India and lands as distant as Persia and Turkey. The Taj Mahal is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.                                                       

We will also visit Agra Fort, an important 16th century fortress of red sandstone which encompasses the imperial city of the Mughal rulers.   Its compound includes a number of palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan (of Taj Mahal fame), large audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas, and two beautiful mosques. 

We will then return to Delhi. 

Overnight: Delhi

Thursday 26th March - After breakfast and check-out, we will visit the impressive Akshardham Temple. This majestic marble and red sandstone temple, which opened in 2005, was built by 8,000 volunteers working over 300,000 hours.  It is a place of prayer and reflection, inspiring visitors to contemplate the qualities of compassion, prayer and non-violence. 

Fly Delhi – Mumbai – onwards.

Friday 27th March - Arrival at home.

To download the itinerary in a printable format, click here.


Price of El Al flight - $500 - For registration before January 12, 2020

(From January 13, 2020, price will be determined on date of registration).

Price of Package, per person, sharing a double room - $4295

Single Room Supplement - $1250

Price of Package includes:

Domestic flights, as per itinerary.

Hotel accommodation – first class and deluxe.

Breakfast daily.

Lunches and dinners as per itinerary (excluding drinks). 

Transfers, sightseeing and excursions as per itinerary in air-conditioned bus.

Entrance fees and activities as per itinerary.

Local English speaking Indian guide in each city.

English speaking Indian escort throughout the tour.

Tips – all tips and gratuities to local guides, drivers, porters, escort, etc.

Purified drinking water throughout the tour.


Price does not include:

Medical travel insurance – obligatory.

Visa to India – all nationalities require visas.

Any meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary.

Increase in price of flights due to fuel, security and other surcharges (price based on fuel surcharges and taxes, as of June 1st, 2019)

Items of a personal nature like laundry, telephone calls, etc.

Still camera or video camera fees at some monuments.

Payment Schedule:

On registration - $500

November 10, 2019 - $2000

December 10, 2019 - $2000

January 12, 2020 – Balance of payment.


Cancellation fees

Up to November 9, 2019 – full refund less $150 handling fee

Between November 10, 2019 and December 9, 2019 - $2500

Between December 10, 2019 and January 11, 2020  - $4500

From January 12, 2020 - no refund.


Please click here to download the registration form.

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